National Drought Mitigation Center

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Cool season forages going dormant, livestock dams dropping in western South Dakota
7/10/2017 5:02:10 PM

Water Supply & Quality
Fall River County, SD
Haakon County, SD
Hughes County, SD
Jackson County, SD
Meade County, SD
Pennington County, SD
Stanley County, SD

Start Date: 5/1/2017 - End Date: 7/7/2017
Due to lack of precipitation and increased temperatures recently and in the near forecast, conditions are expected to worsen. Dams for livestock water are visibly dropping and without a significant amount of runoff in the near future, livestock water will be at risk. With the rapidly dropping water levels, the quality of the water is also decreasing. Cool season forages are going dormant if they are not at that point already. The small showers have perked up the warm season grasses, but many of these do not produce a large amount of tonnage and therefore provide little relief for grazing needs. From Haakon County, South Dakota, on July 7, 2017